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Which Porcupine Tree \ Steven Wilson Album?

Poll Results: Which PT\SW album ? The choices I currently have in mind are

 
  • 58% (14)
    In Absentia
  • 25% (6)
    Deadwing
  • 4% (1)
    Fear of a Blank Planet
  • 12% (3)
    The Raven That Refused to Sing
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 

I'm planning on getting a single Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson album for some friends for Xmas.

Which album would you choose to introduce someone to Steven Wilson's work?

Which would you choose as the most accessible for a PT\SW "newbie"?

 

 

If you want me to add another album to the list, let me know and I'll add it to the poll

 

Cheers guys

post #2 of 44

Deadwing is most accessible/catchy IMO. However, a true friend would gift all their CD's

post #3 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by wrathzombie View Post
 

....However, a true friend would gift all their CD's

lmao

 

I think I am starting agree about Deadwing. I've been going through all those albums today trying to decide.

post #4 of 44
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kryten123 View Post
 

I'm planning on getting a single Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson album for some friends for Xmas.

Which album would you choose to introduce someone to Steven Wilson's work?

Which would you choose as the most accessible for a PT\SW "newbie"?

 

 

If you want me to add another album to the list, let me know and I'll add it to the POLL ABOVE

 

Cheers guys

post #5 of 44

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Edited by StratocasterMan - 11/16/13 at 6:26am
post #6 of 44

Ahh, I despise Steven Wilson for his work with Opeth. Their work became so fluffy once he got involved. Long gone are the days of Still Life.

post #7 of 44

In Absentia or Lightbulb Sun

post #8 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sonic Atrocity View Post
 

Ahh, I despise Steven Wilson for his work with Opeth. Their work became so fluffy once he got involved. Long gone are the days of Still Life.

Not sure how much influence SW has had on the direction Opeth have taken. I'm fairly sure they changed their sound long before Akerfeltds collaboration on Storm Corrosion.

post #9 of 44

Quote:

Originally Posted by kryten123 View Post

Not sure how much influence SW has had on the direction Opeth have taken. I'm fairly sure they changed their sound long before Akerfeltds collaboration on Storm Corrosion.

Well Steven Wilson produced Deliverance and Damnation. Not really a fan of most of Mr. Wilson's work, but of the Opeth albums I've heard, Damnation is probably my second favorite at the moment. It took time to grow on me, though.

 

To respond to the question in the thread's title, In Absentia is the only Porcupine Tree album of the ones I've heard that I can say I like and the same can be said about The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) when it comes to Steven Wilson's solo output, so those would be my two suggestion, although In Absentia is likely more accessible even if the mastering on the CD version at least is pretty darn loud by my standards.

post #10 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TJ Elite View Post
 

Well Steven Wilson produced Deliverance and Damnation. Not really a fan of most of Mr. Wilson's work, but of the Opeth albums I've heard, Damnation is probably my second favorite at the moment. It took time to grow on me, though.

 

To respond to the question in the thread's title, In Absentia is the only Porcupine Tree album of the ones I've heard that I can say I like and the same can be said about The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) when it comes to Steven Wilson's solo output, so those would be my two suggestion, although In Absentia is likely more accessible even if the mastering on the CD version at least is pretty darn loud by my standards.

I didnt know that - I stand corrected.

 

Although I like In Absentia, I don't know if its the most accessible for a newbie....mmmmm.....guess I'll have to give it and Deadwing another outing today. :ksc75smile: 

post #11 of 44

WOW I just bought The Raven That Refused to Sing FLAC and it sounds so good. Beautifully mastered.

post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by metaldood View Post
 

WOW I just bought The Raven That Refused to Sing FLAC and it sounds so good. Beautifully mastered.

The album wasn't mastered at all. It's simply a flat transfer of the final mix.

post #13 of 44
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Originally Posted by TJ Elite View Post
 

The album wasn't mastered at all. It's simply a flat transfer of the final mix.

Good to know. Still sounds good to my ears.

post #14 of 44
No question go with Deadwing but make sure you get the DVD-A version. The original CD is heavily dynamically compressed while the DVD-A is not. The volume difference is quite large from my RSA Protector it is a 3+ position swing on the pot from the original CD to the DVD-A version.

With guest musicians like Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth and Adrian Belew from King Crimson, Deadwing is the magnum opus of Porcupine Tree.
post #15 of 44
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Originally Posted by metaldood View Post
 

Good to know. Still sounds good to my ears.

Well it was recorded by the esteemed Alan Parsons, who is famous for his work on The Dark Side of the Moon, and mixed by Steven Wilson himself who considers that to be the trade he is most proficient at out of the things he does.

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